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4 Best Careers for Mothers

18th Jan 2016

They say being a mom is the best job in the world but, unfortunately, it doesn’t pay too well! Earning enough money to support your littles is important to every mother, but it can be hard to return to the daily grind and leave your babies in daycare. Returning to the workforce after having children can be a difficult task, but some industries cater more to mothers than others. Included here are a few of the best careers for mothers returning to the workforce.

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Massage Therapist

For moms interested in careers that allow them to get out of the house and still set their own hours, massage therapy may be the best choice. Schooling is relatively minimal, requiring only two years, and you can begin working in the field immediately. While massage therapy can be a high-burnout field if you work 40 hours a week, working part-time is optimal. As a mother, you will be able to set your own hours and days while making enough money to support your family.

Freelance Writer

The land of telecommuting jobs has only continued to grow in recent years. Many new employers are realizing the benefit of having employees work from home and save the company money on overhead costs and hours.

If you have a talent for the written word, you may have a future in freelance writing. One benefit of freelance is the ability to set your own hours, which proves especially beneficial for mothers. You also can choose how serious of writing you wish to do. Keep in mind, freelance does require personal ambition and motivation as you will need to find your own assignments.

Pharmacist

For conventional moms who work outside of the home, jobs in healthcare are typically a prime destination. While the healthcare industry is fairly secure as far as job growth, the hours can be unpredictable and stressful in many areas. Working late in clinics or having triage and on-call shifts can be exceedingly difficult with children.

Pharmaceutical work is the ideal due to its predictable hours, usually aligning with school hours, and the benefits and pay are top-notch. Unfortunately, pharmacists require a minimum of eight years of schooling to receive their degree, so this may be an unrealistic position for young moms.

Pharmacy technicians, however, can usually get a position with only two years of school or none at all. If you are able to get a job working in a grocery store pharmacy, you may be able to work your way up in a tech position without any formal education.

Nanny

For many moms, the easiest way to earn additional income is by becoming a nanny. This is ideal for mothers who don’t want to be away from their own children but still need to earn some money. Adding one or two kids to your group during the day can earn you a few hundred a month without significantly increasing your workload.

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